National Affairs: Financier-Diplomat

A French political face, some-what careworn—eyes that are a perfect mask, mouth accustomed to implicit obedience to the mind, a pince-nez worn with distinction, and a business-like mustache—such were the features which the Capital looked upon, pondered on, last week.

Washington had glimpsed that face before—in the few unfruitful days which the French Debt Mission spent in Washington last fall. But then Washington's attention was focused on other features, on the luminous eyes of that financial enchanter, M. Caillaux, the wizard whose great spell failed. The glances which fell then on Victor Henry Berenger,...

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